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18 Bible Verses about Poverty

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In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me.Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar.What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.’This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy.Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up.The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke.A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
Because I delivered the poor who cried out, The fatherless and the one who had no helper. The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, And I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.Because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them. The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow’s heart sing.

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So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
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